Incredibly sad news out of Florida this morning, as legendary coach Chuck Daly has died at age 78. Two months ago, word came that Daly, who won two championships with the Pistons and an Olympic gold medal with the original Dream Team before entering the Hall of Fame, was suffering from late-stage pancreatic cancer.
To show solidarity for Daly, beloved in the NBA coaching fraternity, coaches have been wearing "CD" pins throughout the playoffs. The coaches association also created the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award in his honor. As cutthroat as the NBA can be -- especially for coaches, where there are only 30 openings and about 100 men who think they deserve one -- it's amazing how universally beloved and respected Daly has become.